Heart-Healthy Walnuts


Walnut Tacos served with Cauliflower

Crunchy, hearty and oh-so-versatile, walnuts make it an easy choice when it comes to heart-healthy options. We’ve teamed up with Marisa Moore, RDN, and California Walnuts to share a few heart-healthy recipes featuring this wholesome nut:

Roasted Walnut & Cauliflower Tacos

Recipe By: California Walnuts

Seasoned cauliflower acts as a convincing meat substitute in these tacos, appealing to both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.


For the Filling:
  • 1 sm. head Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup California walnut pieces, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup Onion, minced
  • 2 tsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1 med. Jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp. Oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt, or to taste

For the Tacos:

  • 12 sm. Corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups Green cabbage, shredded
  • 3/4 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup California walnuts, chopped, toasted
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil; place on a baking sheet and roast for 25–30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and toast walnuts for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to pan with cauliflower.
  3. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic and jalapeno cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; cook until mixture is thick and excess water has cooked off. Stir in cauliflower mixture.
  4. Spoon mixture into warmed tortillas and top with cabbage, cheese, walnuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
  5. Optional: Cauliflower mixture may be ground in a food processor so that it resembles the texture of ground meat.

Walnut Butter-4 waysWalnut Butter – 4 Ways

By Marisa Moore, RDN

Packed with good-for-you fats, walnut butter is a creamy canvas to add different flavors. Here’s a simple walnut butter recipe with 4 ways to flavor up your blend.


  • 2 cups toasted California walnuts
  • Salt to taste, optional


  1. Add the toasted walnuts to a blender or food processor. Let the blender run on high until the walnut butter is smooth and creamy. This can take up to 5 minutes.  Add the walnut butter to a jar and seal with a lid. Store it in the refrigerator.Once the walnut butter is blended and before adding to jars, add 1 of these:
  1. Grind 4 pitted Medjool dates (bulk bins) in a small food processor or blender until a smooth paste forms. Add the paste to the blended walnut butter. Blend until the dates are incorporated and smooth.
  1. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Sprouts Organic Raw honey.
Maple Syrup:
  1. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Sprouts robust organic maple syrup.
    1. Add 1 teaspoon ground Sprouts organic ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon Sprouts Organic Raw honey.